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Submersion of snøhetta’s underwater restaurant in Norway

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Underscoring the subtle ecological balance between land and sea, ‘under’ breaks the floor of the water to stay directly on the seabed 5 meters below. it is half-sunken into the sea and positioned at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline.

The restaurant is housed in 1/2 a meter-thick concrete walls and is constructed to stand up to pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. It is additionally designed to completely integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will work as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it. snøhetta built the restaurant on a barge 20 meters from its ultimate site over the direction of six months, before it was maneuvered and sunk in July 2018.

Offering respite from the severe weather conditions the surrounding location is known for, visitors are ushered into an oasis of calm with interiors inspired with natural phenomena. An oak-clad lobby is the prelude to rich interiors that work as a metaphor for the experience from land to sea. moreover, textile ceiling panels reference the shades of a sunset dropping into the ocean.

Under’s culinary focus is to create a fine dining experience primarily based on high quality, locally-sourced produce, with a unique emphasis on sustainable natural world capture. to do that danish expatriate Nicolai Ellitsgaard from acclaimed restaurant måltid in kristiansand has been recruited as the head chef, bringing an international, 16-person kitchen crew with experience from top michelin restaurants.

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, snøhetta founder and architect, explains: “Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries, as a new landmark for southern Norway, under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, and challenges what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment. In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. this will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline”.

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